Yep. I confess. I caught myself living a lie about money and wound up with a powerful moment of awareness that will usher me forward with greater mindfulness and prosperity.
The back story is…
I recently separated from my husband of 10 years (yes, I’ve had a lot going on behind the scenes – more on that another time), which triggered an old operating system in me. I’ll call it the “Money Is Scarce and Finite” OS.
The Money Is Scare and Finite OS says that I have to stop spending anything on myself, conserve everything from food to clothing to gas in the car, and do without the niceties of life because money is scarce and finite. (And underneath that – doubt that I’m capable of making plenty of it.)
When this scarcity consciousness OS is activated it shuts off the truth OS called: I Know How to Create Abundance of Money Anytime, Anywhere. Like a dark magic spell, the lie of Money Is Scarce and Finite hypnotized me, clouding my thinking and decision making ability around money.
Without my conscious awareness, this operating system was installed in childhood and further imprinted as I unconsciously lived into it as an adult. It doesn’t represent the truth. In fact, it represents a lie – the lie of scarcity, and I caught myself in it red-handed.
While under that spell, I booked lodging for a recent business trip thinking it would be cool to try staying in someone’s home through AirBnB and save a few bucks (much more “affordable” than hotels, which made my Money is Scarce and Finite OS feel safe – it’s primary motivator).
Now, I’m not knocking AirBnB or the family who hosted me. It appears there are some really great places being offered there and this family was doing the best it could with it’s own operating system. The point is that even though I had plenty of money and plenty more flowing in, I was caught in the lie.
The moment I walked in the door of this family’s home, it was a wake-up call for sure and not the kind that rings at 6:30 in the morning!
Now, it wasn’t like I was in the slums or unsafe, but suffice to say it was more suited to the young adventure traveler used to roughing it, being out all day, and only caring about having a bed to sleep in at night. Been there. Done that. No judgment. It just clearly wasn’t a fit for me.
I’m actually blessing this experience and family because it broke the spell I was under, showed me the internal places that still need some healing and compassion, and shifted me into resourcefulness again. So here are a few of the insights that came flooding over me in that moment of awareness.
When you are trying to spiral up in consciousness and prosperity, ENVIRONMENT MATTERS.
We are constantly being imprinted by who and what we are surrounded by. In the words of Paramahansa Yogananda, “Environment is stronger than will power. If you want to be spiritual, seek good company and don’t mix with those whose bad habits may wrongly influence you. Be always with people who inspire you; surround yourself with people who lift you up.”
And I would add that physical environment matters just as much as the people around you. No matter the space you are in, keep it clean, tidy, light and as beautiful as possible. It tells the universe you care about yourself and the things in your world.
Money isn’t scarce. MONEY IS EVERYWHERE.
And when you, like me, make decisions and take actions from the truth of I Know How to Create Abundance of Money Anytime, Anywhere, the universe lines up to make it so. From that paradigm I was able to quickly refocus my attention on my money creation plan instead of being emotionally stuck in the illusion of limitation. What is the OS you want to make your empowered decisions from?
CHANGE COURSE when you are off track.
You don’t have to stick it out and suffer through it. Make a different plan and take different action. I left my commitment to this family early and finished out my stay at a very nice hotel. My energy instantly popped back up and I had never been so happy to pack my bags and leave!
I’m sure you have your own version of a money lie operating system. I invite you to snap out of it and reboot with one that empowers and expands you!